CASEY MICHEA PELFREY, 19, life was tragically ended on Wednesday, July 30, 2008, in Houston, Texas. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8p.m. on Sunday, August 3, 2008, at Advantage Howard-Glendale Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10a.m. on Monday, August 4, 2008, at Uvalde Baptist Church, 901 Uvalde Road, Houston, Texas 77015. Interment will follow in the San Jacinto Memorial Park. In lieu of usual remembrances the family request memorial donations be made in Casey's honor to Uvalde Baptist Church, c/o Casey Pelfrey Memorial Fund account #2475985608
In presence of their child, man kills woman, then himself
July 31, 2008, 4:31PM
A man killed the mother of his young child before fatally shooting himself in their 3-year-old toddler's presence, homicide investigators said.
George Douglas Shaffer Jr., 21, of Channelview, shot and killed the young woman, Casey Michea Pelfrey, 19, as she stood outside her east Harris County home talking to him late Wednesday, sheriff's reports show.
Shaffer then shot himself. The shootings occurred as the former couple's 3-year-old son sat inside a truck with Shaffer, reports show.
Detectives later released the child to his grandparents after consulting Child Protective Services.
The shootings happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday outside Pelfrey's home in the 14200 block of Duncannon.
Shaffer had been at a local bar drinking earlier in the night before he borrowed the truck from a friend to drive to Pelfrey's home, detectives said.
Shaffer also borrowed the handgun used in the shootings from the same friend, said Harris County Sheriff's Lt. John Denholm.
Pelfrey was standing outside the truck next to the driver's side door when she was shot, reports show. She collapsed and fell in the street, where sheriff's deputies later found her body.
After killing Pelfrey, Shaffer then shot himself while still sitting inside the borrowed truck. He was still alive when deputies reached him, but died at a local hospital.
The child was sitting in the truck next to Shaffer when Shaffer shot himself, detectives said.
The former couple had a history of domestic problems. Pelfrey had called the sheriff's office Monday to report having a physical altercation with Shaffer after Shaffer showed up at her home demanding she return a cell phone he had given her, Denholm said. At that time, the pair had been broken up for about a week, Denholm said.
When deputies got to the house, however, Pelfrey declined to press charges against Shaffer, Denholm said.
The gunman had a history of arrests in Harris County. He pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor offense of failure to stop and give information following an accident, records show. He was fined $200 and sentenced to three days in jail for that offense.
He also pleaded guilty last year to driving while intoxicated-first offender and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, records show.
Two drug charges filed against Shaffer in 2006 and 2005 were later dismissed.